The Government is allocating $100 million to help redeploy workers who lose their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The first group to benefit from the package will be forestry workers in Gisborne-Tairawhiti.
Economic Development Minister Phil Twyford said forestry was one of the first industries to be seriously impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus) and this had had had a significant impact on forestry workers in Tairawhiti.
About $28 million of the $100 million package would be used to redeploy workers in the area for the next three to six months.
Alternative work identified for the affected forestry workers included:
- Local roading work, including road maintenance
- Hazardous tree removal
- Fast-tracked one billion trees project
- Conservation work
- Retraining an education
The Tairawhiti package will be administered through the Provincial Development Unit in partnership with the Mayors' Forum and Gisborne District Council.